Big move from Gent excites Omidiji, expects tough challenge

American-Nigerian forward Sophia Omidiji, has been speaking on her recent move from Belgian side KAA Gent to SBV Excelsior in Rotterdam.

Omidiji who signed for Gent during the December transfer window put pen to paper this week to one of Eredivisie’s top sides.

In a chat to LadiesMarch, Omidiji disclosed why her stay at Gent was short-lived.

“I left for an opportunity to play in the Eredivise which is a very competitive league and an opportunity to play with some of the best players and everyone knows that the best trainers coach in the Netherlands.”

Omidiji also believes the quality of her present coach Sander Luiten, ended her stay at Gent.

“My coach is actually a part of the KNVB which is the Dutch FA and instructor. He will only make me better and testing myself up against some of the best Dutch players is a blessing,” said Omidiji.

The 20-year-old forward played 20 games at Gent and scored 18 goals. Omidiji does not doubt the possibility of replicating her impressive form at the Kralingers.

“I not only score, I can create as well. I never doubt myself and I never question myself

“I know what my abilities and capabilities are. Going to Excelsior is of course going to be challenging because it’s a new team in a league filled with established women’s teams like Ajax, PSV, FC Twente and Ado Den Haag.

“Excelsior is an institution in the Netherlands with great organization, great club, and great supporters in a great city,” she professed.

Omidiji also has her sight set on the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and hopes to play either for Nigeria or the United States of America.

“My goal has always been to play at the World Cup because that is the highest level for any player so, playing at Excelsior, being coached by amazing coaches, playing some of the best teams in Holland will definitely be great preparation for the World Cup and that is my goal and that’s why I chose excelsior

“I had offers from other clubs but it’s an opportunity to play in a tough league where technique is king.”

Omidiji who was in Nigeria Falconets camp for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea but failed to make the squad, wants to put her misfortunes behind and try again.

“No one ever said life is going to be easy, no one ever said that accomplishing your goals is going to be easy

“And the bigger the goal, the harder it might be to accomplish it and hopefully it will be a lesson to everyone that no matter what you go through if you set your sight on a goal keep going

“I have the zeal to play at the 2019 World Cup whether it’s with Nigeria or the United States, Only God Knows,” Omidiji revealed.

The new Eredivisie season kicks off in September.



Queen John
Queen John hails from Yala Local Government Area in Cross River State but was born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. I have always wanted to be a broadcaster despite studying Genetics & Biotechnology at the University of Calabar but never thought of becoming a sport presenter. I loved sports from primary school taking part in athletics and football .It became my hobby, watching and following football games played locally and internationally. I would rather watch a 90minute game than watch a movie or hang out with friends. My female friends criticized me, because they felt football is not for girls and saw it as “weird” but that never stopped me rather it encouraged me. My journey started in August 2013 when I came to visit my cousin in Port Harcourt. Fortunately, Today 95.1 Fm was conducting an audition which I came for, and was selected. This was after I made the decision to build on my hobby as a career rather than entertainment that was earlier planned. After few minutes of discussion with the head of sport and media officer of Dolphins Fc, China Acheru, I started work the next day by watching a Nigeria Premier league game at the Liberation stadium, Port Harcourt. Though started as an analyst and reporter, I developed to be a presenter few months later. I am an avid follower of Rob Wotton, Harley Mcqueen and Kate Abdo all of Sky sports and John Dykes, the Barclays Premier League presenter. Queen John is stylish, a lover of motor racing (F1), and women football

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